with Maureen & Maggie
Below is the list of visits we have made to galleries and artists around the world whilst our own regional galleries have been unaccessible for us during covid restrictions:
April, May, June & July:
We started with the Courtauld Gallery, London; then had a look at the Great Cats by Tokuhiro Kawai in May; a visit to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art for the work of Mavis Ngallametta in June; and the work of South African-based artist Billie Zangewa in July.
Also in July: AMONG THE TREES, Hewward Gallery London
The first link provides an introduction to the exhibition Among the Trees presented by the Director of the Heyward Gallery in the Southbank Centre London (4.15min) In the second link we meet one of the artists, Eva Jospin explaining the philosophy behind her work.
August: OFF to the USA
WALLPAPER DIARIES, STROHL ART CENTRE, CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION LA
Judy Barie, Director of Galleries with the Chautauqua Institution takes us through an exhibition at the Strohl Art Centre, LA. “Wallpaper Diaries” pays homage to the US Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s. The movement — also known as P&D— formed in opposition to the Modernist idea that art which used decoration and ornamentation was frivolous and superficial. The movement was inspired by work that many white male artists dismissed as domestic, applied arts: textiles, embroidery, wallpaper, mosaics and glassware.
Still visiting USA – NY & Minnesota
KENT MONKMAN: THE GREAT HALL COMMISSION, THE MET NEW YORK
Kent Monkman was selected to create two monumental paintings for The Met’s Great Hall. Monkman, born in Canada in 1965, is a Cree artist widely known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history. He explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across a variety of mediums, including painting, film, performance, and installation.
The first link is to an interview with Kent explaining his inspiration and the making of these pieces. The second link takes you the Met where you can view these paintings — Welcoming the Newcomers and Resurgence of the People — with both the curator and artist commenting on the work.
September: Contemporary non-traditional artists, and a Spring Exhibition in Lake Country, British Columbia
1. Artist Nick Cave discusses his work in an Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
An Exhibition Tour with Nick Cave grabbed our attention – but not the Nick Cave we were thinking of. Another fascinating Nick Cave who is a sculptural artist who uses found objects, including porcelain dogs, textiles, buttons, beads, and anything else. If you are a bowerbird you might be inspired by his pieces and find some use for all your collections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu6vfulvZC
2. Yayoi Kusama an influential figure in avant-garde art
This video shares the fascinating journey of Yayoi Kusama from rural Japan to the New York art scene and contemporary Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRZR3nsiIeA
More examples of her work shown in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Els2gFMTU-Y
3. Spring Exhibition in Lake Country, British Columbia
You will enjoy this visit to a Canadian Art Gallery in BC exhibiting four contemporary artists: John Waite, Lois Huey-Heck, Michael Griffin and Liz Earl Lake Country Art Gallery Curator talks about art in the spring 2020 exhibition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8EZhFtzUcM
Bayside Art Gallery, Victoria – Current online exhibition: Greenworld: https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/greenworld-exhibition-immerse-yourself-our-online-art-gallery
This is an interesting exhibition, exploring the relationship between an individual and their surroundings and the role nature plays in human consciousness..
- There is a 3 min virtual gallery tour (with music soundtrack): https://youtu.be/1S6XOzNRv2c
- Unboxing of the exhibition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN-Zbh_zOQ4&feature=youtu.be
- Panel discussion on the exhibition and the topic “Healing Nature”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECl4pVVT4js&feature=youtu.be
- Try the online Jigsaw puzzle – experiment a little and see that using the middle menu bar you can change the puzzle to fewer pieces, hit OK and drag and drop your pieces.
- And some short bios, including videos by some artists.
- All available via this link: https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/greenworld-exhibition-immerse-yourself-our-online-art-gallery
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has wonderful resources and videos on their website. Here are two:
- Hugs (Something special in these times) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUegmRdTB64
- Female Leadership (Something special in herstory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SdABgh6IBg
For a longer visit to this museum (15 mins) enjoy this BBC Scotland video celebrating the re-opening in 2013 of the Rijksmuseum. This is the first of 4 short videos:
- A Night at the Rijksmuseum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTQmskJQyQw. If you enjoyed the first in the series, here are the links to 2, 3 and 4:
What is Amsterdam famous for? Amsterdam has more canals than Venice; it’s liberal in matters of sex and drugs; it rains a lot; everyone cycles; and some residents live on boats. It also has more culture per capita than anywhere else and there is a floating feline sanctuary named the Cat Boat: https://depoezenboot.nl/en